Preview: This week’s gig guide
Genre-busting London band Hadouken! return to Norwich for a special one-off gig. There are also visits from UK reggae legends Misty In Roots, LA ska/punk pioneers Fishbone and SCottish folkies Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson.
Waterfront, April 30
Genre-busting London band Hadouken! return to Norwich for a special one-off that will see them previewing tracks from their hotly-anticipated, but as-yet untitled, third album.
Having infiltrated the nation's consciousness with their abrasive blend of grime and indie that marked their debut, Music For An Accelerated Culture, and follow-up, For The Masses, released last year, which reached the top 20, has put them amid bands who take influence from The Prodigy, NIN and Pendulum.
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The quintet started 2011 with a bang releasing Oxygen, their latest single on their own label Surface Noise. Produced by the latest leading lights from the Ram Records stable, fast-rising drum and bass duo Xample And Lomax, it's a crushing dance anthem and another leap forward for the band as well as a another tantalising taster for their third album.
That album's currently under construction with the band have been locked away in the studio with Xample And Lomax at the controls and is due later this year.
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In the meantime they'll be building on their rightfully earned a reputation as a live act not to be missed, partly earned from a run of major festival appearances, including Radio 1's Big Weekend, Reading and Leeds, Underage and Relentless. They also joined forces with drum n bass giants Pendulum as the main support on their last UK arena tour in December. Support from Proxies.
n Further listening: www.hadouken.co.uk
MISTY IN ROOTS
Norwich Arts Centre, May 2
With a career spanning four decades, Misty in Roots are one of England's finest reggae groups.
The band first came together in 1975 and working as a backing band for the late, great Nicky Thomas — one of Jamaica's all time greats who had achieved national chart success with songs such as Living In The Land Of The Common People. By 1978 they'd begun to develop their own orthodox roots reggae sound. Their powerful lyrics inspired by the economic hard times and a growing awareness of their African culture inspired tracks such as Ghetto of the City, Sodome & Gomarra and Mankind, all of which can be found on the band's classic debut album, Live at the Counter Eurovision.
Misty became the major force in Rock Against Racism, playing more concerts than any other band in the movement. This opened up a whole new audience and they developed a cross-over audience, playing with acts such as Tom Robinson, The Ruts and Elvis Costello.
The band's second album, 1982's Wise and Foolish, took on a more mellow, jazzy and soulful tone, while spend-ing nine months in Zimbabwe and Zambia, influenced their following two albums, Earth and Musi O Tunya. They remain one of UK reggae's most uncompromising live acts.
n Further listening: www.mistyinroots.ws
Waterfront, May 4
Long before a ska/punk became one of the staple sound of the Kerrang!-reading hordes, this LA-based band were pushing musical boundaries and putting in incredible live performances.
Like Bad Brains, they were one of the few all-black band influenced by punk to emerge in the mid-1980s. Sharing an LA scene with other then unknown genre-busting bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers their saw fused raw punk energy with ska rhythms and frenetic soul and jazz horn playing.
They've now been composing, creating, recording, releasing and performing original music for over 25 years. Angelo Moore's ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous, social commentary with his Fishbone brethren's frenzied, up-tempo music and a frantic, euphorically entertaining stage shows has cultivated their undisputed repu-tation as one of the best live acts ever. However they've never quite managed to translate their incredible high energy live performances into a coherent recorded sound. Albums have often been too eclectic for their own good (The Reality of My Surroundings) or too studio polished (Truth and Soul).
However all their 1980s albums are well worth seeking out and they are never less than interesting.
Their influence is huge and if you've never experienced them live, its not to be missed. Support from Random Hand and Dying Breeds.
n Further listening: www.fishbone.net
ROSS AINSLIE & JARLATH HENDERSON
Norwich Arts Centre, May 5
One of the most enigmatic duos to emerge from Scotland, these young musicians are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with energy.
Dubbed as the new stars of Celtic music, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson first started performing together in 2003 at the William Kennedy Piping festival.
A fusion of pipes and flutes, the duo push the boundaries of what the instruments can achieve in a performance which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes.
Three time all-Ireland Uillean Pipe Champion, Jarlath was also the first Irish musician to win BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year.
Hailing from Perth, Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland's most respected young solo musicians. As well as guest ap-pearances at festivals such as Celtic Connection he curates the internationally respected Gordon Duncan festival at Perth Concert Hall and regularly appears with Salsa Celtica and Dougie MacLean as well as Treacherous Orchestra and India Alba.
n Further listening: www.myspace.com/rossandjarlath
SOUNDS IN THE CITY
In Rapture (rock/indie) — Brickmakers
Shrapnel (metal) — B2
Unit 9 (metal/rock) — King Edward VII
Breaking Point: feat. Vegas Fame Index +more (indie) — Bedfords Crypt
We Ghosts (indie) — Brewery Tap
The Planks (soul) — Blueberry
Don't Ask Why: feat. Sukoshi + more (thrash) — Marquee
Tattooed Lies (rock) — Boundary
Big Black Cadillac (rockabilly) — Walnut Tree Shades
Crumbs For Comfort (folk) — Silver Road Cottage
Rum Brothers (Irish) — Temple Bar
Kevin King — Fiveways
Peter Allen — Lakenham Cock
Pyevorotti — Trowel & Hammer
Hadouken! (electro/indie) — Waterfront
Buster James (blues/rock) — Brickmakers
Norwich Rocks: feat. Master In France (indie/dance) — Project
Rum Kelter (folk/2pm) — Arts Centre
Dancing Lotus (soul) — B2
Mister Pink (rock) — King Edward VII
Money Shot (rock/indie) — Blueberry
Mucked Up Funkies (funk/rock) — Boundary
Crumbs For Comfort (folk) — Ten Bells
Honeydripper (R&B) — Eaton Cottage
Dumfoundus (indie) — Silver Road Cottage
ABC (Blues Brothers tribute) — Quebec
Stepback — Arkwrights
Shannon — Trowel & Hammer
Steve Moyse — Angel Gardens
Ann Marie — Lakenham Cock
Dr Misfit (rock) — Boundary
Norwich Rocks: feat. Dumfoundus + more (indie/rock) — Rivergarden
No Fixed Abode (folk) — Brewery Tap
No More Millie (acoustic) — Blueberry
Swing Back In Time (swing) — Walnut Tree Shades
Folk Off Farewell (folk) — Ten Bells
ABC (Blues Brothers tribute) — Persevence
The Collective — Silver Road Cottage
The Jam Band — Lakenham Cock
Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers
Misty In Roots (reggae) — Arts Centre
Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers
Jazz N Jam (open mic) — Blueberry
New Riot + more (ska/punk) — Marquee
Minus 2 (rock) — Brickmakers
Open Mic — Steam Packet
Daryl Sherman (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man
Fishbone (ska/rock) — Waterfront
Last Orders (City College bands) — Ten Bells
Lee Vasey & Friends — Trowel & Hammer
Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers
Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson (folk) — Arts Centre
The Stilhouettes (soul) — Beluga
Girl In A Thunderbolt + more (indie/alaternative) — Rumsey Wells
Pandemonium (indie/rock) — Brickmakers
Lions & Lovers + more (local/charity) — B2
Bring Me The Head of Stan Guevara (bluegrass) — The Rose
Ghostriders Western Club: feat. Bobby D Sawyer (country) — Royal British Legion
Guns 2 Roses (tribute) — Waterfront
Electricity (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades